There are a lot of changes going on this year with the CPN Veterans Organization. We have a new team leader for our Color Guard, Derek Skaggs. He was trained by Herb Holton who has built our color guard to the high standard it is today. I believe Derek is up to the challenge. 

How many of you veterans out there have registered with the Veterans Administration? There are many benefits to registering. Be informed. We have a new veterans’ service representative for our area, Steve Webb. He has an office in the new CPN Workforce and Social Services (formerly known as Employment and Training) building east of the CPN Administration Building. He will be in that office every first and third Monday of each month and at Oklahoma Work Force at the Gordon Cooper Technical Center on North Harrison in Shawnee, Oklahoma every Tuesday. All you need is your DD214. Please go see him and get acquainted. You can call him at: (918) 397-2566 or email at

The CPN Veterans Organization Color Guard presented the colors at the 4-H Air Gun Competition at the FireLake Arena. It is the only time I have ever seen a crowd that knew what to do when the flag was marched in and retired (marched out) and what to do during the National Anthem. Everyone saluted our nation’s flag as we marched in and out, and everyone saluted during the singing of the national anthem. It was an honor to carry the colors for a crowd like that. There is hope for our country after all.


Remember the CPN Veterans Organization meets every month on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there) in the North Reunion Hall on the Potawatomi Powwow Grounds. All CPN veterans and their families are welcome. A meal is provided.